John began his journey as an outdoor educator while in the graduate marine science program at UC Santa Cruz. He helped to design the UC Santa Cruz Summer Science Program (a summer residence program for 6th – 8th grade students considered to be underachievers), and worked as an outdoor educator and naturalist for almost two decades with the Kern Environmental Education Program. His work with this program impacted the lives of thousands of 5th and 6th graders from Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties. In 2011, John founded the Delphinus School of Natural History, a regional science-exploration science program for elementary and middle school students. Through the Delphinus School programs, John promotes nature awareness and environmental stewardship, and offers instruction in Natural History, Animal Behavior, Estuary Science, Coastal Geology, and Freshwater Ecosystems.